Coconut Oil re-post and Tropical Traditions Giveaway!

Ends Wednesday August 3rd!  (Now Closed)

When I first posted this I had maybe 5 followers so hopefully this will be a new read for a lot of you guys.  I did changed it up AND included a giveaway for you guys!!!  32 oz. of Virgin Tropical Traditions Coconut oil.


 

This is how you can WIN:  (please include email on one of your entries)

1. Please leave a comment below, have you used coconut oil before??

2. You don't need to be a follower or subscriber to enter the contest but while you are here Winking smile  take a look around and if you like what you see and decide to become one, (or are one) please leave a separate comment letting me know as this will give you your second entry.

3. If you would like to subscribe to Tropical Traditions Sales Newsletter   leave a comment you did so and it will give you another entry for a total of three entries.

 
Originally this post was inspired from my Healthy Food on a Budget post.  Some people wanted to know what all the hubbub was about using coconut oil.  I completely understand! 

I remember going over to my friends house and seeing her little jar of coconut oil and thinking now why would I spend 3 times the amount on THAT oil instead of the other oils?? 


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So began my coconut oil research………I’m not going to go into depth about everything you can do with coconut oil, but YES, when I’m not cooking with it, I have used it as a toothpaste, a deodorant, and as a fantastic body moisturizer!    I’m sure it sounds strange to a newbie, but this stuff is amazing!


Coconut 101 – Why?

1.) The main reason I use coconut oil is for it’s nutritious properties.  It is full of all the good fats, which isn't suppose to make me fat!  My friend Heather from Mom4Life just sent me this fantastic article How to Lose Weight Fast with Coconut Oil.

2.) It can withstand a higher heat without losing all the great nutrients in the oil.  (other oils once heated lose almost all the good attributes they have)


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What to look for 101

Buy Extra Virgin coconut oil - unrefined and cold pressed. (extra virgin usually means unrefined).  Organic is very nice but not a necessity because with the coconut it’s not a “fruit” that will be full of pesticides like spinach. 

NEVER buy coconut oil that says RBD on the label.  It stands for Refined Bleached and Deodorized!  Crude coconut oil is first Refined, Bleached and then Deodorized. Basically it is stripped of everything that makes coconut oil good for you.  Look for preservatives that are added to coconut oils also. (Or to anything for that matter!)  I find that with any food, flour, sugar, anything, knowledge is power and hopefully I am making it a little easier to sort through all the junk and you can learn how to get the "right" stuff.
The "right" stuff would be the closest to raw and natural.  Processed, heated, bleached, deodorized, refined, taken to hell and back is not good.  Just stay away!!!  I have to tell you Wal-Mart is king  of selling the wrong kind of "healthy".  Read the labels and small print.  What you will find is they will almost always be filled with preservatives and made as inexpensive as possible  :-) 


Let me review the above in a nutshell. (ha-ha!) 

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Cold pressed - better than hot pressed  (hot kills nutrients.  The lower the temperature process, for ANY food, the better.

Unrefined - better than refined.  (refined takes it through yet another step meanwhile losing even more nutrients)

Unbleached - better than bleached.   (bleach is a chemical -right?  Do I really want my food going through a chemical?)

Not deodorized - better than deodorized (do I even need to say anything to that?  Deodorizing what goes into my mouth....why?)

They say to store in a cool, dry place (50 to 68° F) away from direct sources of sunlight, heat and oxidizers. I keep my extras in the back of my pantry and the one I am using at the moment on my counter.  My research says it has a 2 year shelf life.

Here are some coconut oil recipes.

Thanks you guys!

Selina – Creative Juices D├ęcor!! 



Disclaimer: I am not a certified nutritionist and do not claim to know everything :-)   If you find something that might not be correct on this post please leave a comment to help us all out.  Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

44 comments:

  1. I've never used coconut oil! I guess I've just never really thought about it or known if my friends use it. I'm intrigued!!

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  2. Oh and I'm a follower!

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  3. I've never used coconut oil but have been reading so much about it on blogs. I now am so curious to try both coconut oil and flour soon!

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  4. Oh and I am a follower too!

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  5. I just recently bought a jar after a friend recommended it. So far I have used it as a saute oil. I bought a brand recommended for higher heat. I really have enjoyed it so far!
    I love your blog and read it through Google Reader!

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  6. I have never used coconut oil before but I am interested in trying it.

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  7. I subscribe through google reader.

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  8. I love me some coconut oil! I use it to cook my eggs in the morning instead of butter or another kind of oil. We put it it in smoothies. I frequently melt it and use it in place of oil or butter in baking.

    I'm off to read that article on how to lose weight FAST with this stuff because who doesn't want to do that?

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  9. I have never used coconut oil before, but thanks to this post I ordered some of the palm oil that apparently you can use in place of shortening and is not hydrogenated and has no trans fat. Thanks for the education on the matter! Hoping I can win some oil! ;)

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  10. I subscribe through google reader. Love your blog!

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  11. I love coconut oil and use it all the time. I'd like to try TT's oil.

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  14. I have not used coconut oil yet. I have read that it works well if you use it on your head for getting rid of dandruff. I'd be curious to see if that really works.

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  15. I am a follower of the blog.

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  16. I have used coconut oil in pizza dough- super yummy!

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  17. Probably wouldn't have tried it on my own except after moving away I missed hanging out with you, so I started following your blog... Now you still inspire me hundreds of miles away =)
    Just made cherry pie and used coconut oil in the crust (last of my jar) and think I may have my friend Terra quite interested now- she says it was some of the best pie crust she's ever had (did use some butter too- not enough coconut oil left)

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  18. I've used coconut oil before in cooking, baking, and as a moisturiser.
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  20. I used coconut oil for cooking its was great and its taste delious , its getting healthy . My back was hurt for last 2 months I'd used coconut oil to put it in about 3 minutes later the pain was gone . I really love coconut oil .. I would like to said Thank you Company for making coconut oil for us . thank you very much

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  21. Yes, I love using coconut oil both in my cooking/baking and for a moisturizer.
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  23. My family LOVES coconut oil. I use it in all my baking and I am just starting to use it for things outside of the kitchen (like as a moisturizer!)

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  24. I am now following you with GFC

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  26. I just found this blog! I've wondered about coconut oil too! I bought some, but I think mine might be the wrong kind. I'll have to look when I get home. I have used it to cook with, but I bought it to help with my son's eczema.

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  27. I subscribed to your blog with Google. Stoughton Family.

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  28. I also subscribed for their newsletter!

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  29. I love coconut oil! We are allergic to dairy so we use coconut oil instead of butter and coconut milk instead of dairy milk. I love it!

    Thank you - Anna Katherine

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  30. I'd love to try it, but haven't yet.

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  33. One of my favorite ways to use coconut oil is for making popcorn. : ) I've also used it in place of butter for quite a few recipes when cooking for some vegan friends of ours. Love the taste. I haven't tried TT's Gold Label Coconut Oil yet, but after reading about it, I am anxious to try it.......
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  35. We just started using coconut oil and I LOVE it! Haven't tried tropical traditions yet, but I want to!

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  36. I have just started using coconut oil and I like it.
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  37. I am a follower.
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  39. Yes! I have used coconut oil in various recipes. I really got into using it when trying to come up with desserts for my vegan friends. It helped me become a little more creative in trying to incorporate it more into my cooking. One of my favorite ways to use it is actually for making popcorn. : )

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  41. I have not used coconut oil before, but I would like to try it!

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  42. I follow you on GFC as Avrora Davidovna.

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